Jammu, September 08: The PDP led State Government is facing criticism not just from all the fronts but from its own coalition partner BJP as well for imposing a service tax of 12.5% to Shri Mata Vaishno Devi pilgrims travelling by helicopter. The decision has been termed as ‘Jazia Tax’ by critics. Official sources have exposed that the government is now thinking to revoke its decision and something concrete will may come out by today evening.
As per the media reports, the decision of imposing this much service tax on Vaishno Devi Pilgrims has been regarded as unilateral by the BJP government. The centre is lamenting that the coalition partner BJP was not considered by the state government while taking any such decision. Having anger over these developments, centre has said that the ignoring the partner while making a big decision like this has brought humiliation upon the party.
And now before this issue turns into a major controversy, the centre has given instructions to the state government to cancel the order with immediate effect.
Sources have further said that the central government is really unhappy with this move of state government. On one side, the PM in order to lay emphasis on pilgrim tourism, has announced a proposal to construct Expressway between New Delhi and Katra in view of huge rush of pilgrims, State government by taking such decisions has not only ignored the Union Government’s focus and thrust on facilities but is also discouraging the inflow pilgrims to the shrine.